Saturday, October 17, 2009

GAO Report Calls on Greater Information Sharing on Labor Force Requirements for the Military Build-Up

GAO Report Calls on Greater Information Sharing on Labor Force Requirements for the Military Build-Up

Pacific News Center

Guam - In response to an on-going request from Congresswoman Bordallo, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this week on the labor force requirements of the military build-up.

The GAO found that the relocation of Marines to Guam will generate thousands of temporary and permanent jobs on the Island. However, the report also states that the Department of Defense (DoD) should improve its communications with the Government of Guam about the jobs that are required to make the build-up successful. In particular, such information is necessary in order for the Government of Guam to better address the training needs of its citizens.

As such, the Government of Guam “may be challenged to effectively plan for potential jobs…including the ability to train and prepare individuals so they qualify for these jobs.” The GAO recommends that DoD develop a process to regularly share its most recent projections on the build-up’s labor force requirements with the Government of Guam.

“This report highlights the need for improved communication between the Department of Defense and the Government of Guam,” Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said today. “The GAO has clearly laid out both the opportunities the build-up will bring to Guam and what we must do to fully realize these opportunities. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the DoD to follow through on the report’s recommendations. I appreciate the Obama Administration's focus and attention to the important details of the military build-up.

And, in particular, we will ensure that the University of Guam and Guam Community College are given adequate support and resources to train our citizens for jobs associated with the build-up. We are committed to getting the build-up right so that it benefits both the military and Guam.

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